An Olney man pleaded guilty to burglary and drug charges in exchange for a six-year sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, jail records showed. Alton Everett Smith III, 35, a registered sex offender, was arrested multiple times on burglary and drug possession charges in Olney and Graham, jail records showed. He was being held on more than $90,000 bond.
A 27-year-old Olney woman was arrested on a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of her eight-monthold child in a local recreational vehicle park in March. Olney police were called to 104 E. Springcreek Rd. on March 29 to assist with an unresponsive child, according to a press release by the Texas Department of Public Safety and OPD.
County Commissioners accepted a bid by a Bridgeport construction company to finish out the County Annex that will house several County departments. The approximately $911,000 cost of the project came from federal COVID funds. It will take about 230 days to finish the project, according to the County’s contract with Mann Made Construction.
Olney Police Chief Dan Birbeck announced he will run for Young County Sheriff against incumbent Travis Babcock. If he wins the March 5, 2024 Republican primary, Chief Birbeck would become the first Young County Sheriff to reside in Olney. This is the second in a series of talks with the candidates about County law enforcement issues.
Two candidates file for Springer’s Senate seat